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.. Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up standard; ON THE PORCH by Will Davis An on-line reunion ometimes people ask me howl, as a member of the very < liberal newspaper industry, came to be a conservative. The answer is that I’ve been around liberals enough to ow that we don’t want them running —— well, anything. My first and most lasting introduction to leftists was in Newport, Rhode Island, ,where I went to boarding school St George’s School is a beautiful place. A gothic chapel sits perched among red-brick Colonial classroom buildings and dorms, overlooking a grassy bluff and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a picture of tradi- tion, excellence and charm. Don’t let appearances fool you. Like most of New England, indeed like most educational institutions, St George’s was and is ahotbed of politi- cal correctness and hard-core liberal— ‘ ism And it’s also the place where Fox News’ Tucker Carlson went to school, graduating just a few years before me. ' ' And so on Monday, the adminis- " trator of our St. George’s Class of 1992 Facebook page struck out to post this: “Hi all, happy summer. Hope everyone is well. For those of you out there opposed to the racist hate speech that is swirling around in this country and fueling violence (that I hope has not impacted any of you or your loved ones), please consider adding your name to a letter signed by a long list of alumni who are asking the school to break ties with Tucker Carlson (who was recently used as an auction item amongst other things). Please comment here or message me if you are interested in joining other alums in the school to stand behind their purported values. Thanks!” Ah, nothing brings a graduating class together like a good old ex-communication. In case you missed it, Carlson did a monologue the other day on his Fox show explaining that white supremacy is not a real that it’s a hoax just like Russian collusion used to hammer Trump. Carlson noted that there is no discernible white supremacy move— ment in the country; that he’s never met anyone who claimed to be a white supremacist. Neither have I. Have you? It’s merely the latest club that the left is using to try to whack Trump and his supporters. It’s just hateful slander. On a page dedicated to keeping up with classmates, I thought it was tacky to bring up politics, and I couldn’t keep my fingers shut. As comedian Ron White famously said, “I had the right to remain silent, but I did not have the ability.” I pointed out to my fellow Dragons that former Vermont gover- nor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard “The Scream” Dean is also an SG alum, and he offends ME greatly Yet I don’t urge our school to banish him. “If you want to send the message that SC is another liberal bastion that crushes dissent and anyone who thinks original thoughts,” I wrote, “this seems like a good way to do it.’ ’ I went on to say that ve lived in Georgia for 27 years and had yet to meet anyone who advocates white supremacy. My old chum Candace Gottschalk, who lives in New York City, would have none of it. “I imagine it would be easy for you to agree that white supremacy isn’ t a problem,” wrote Gottschalk “You are a white male who included an image of the confederate flag on your senior page. Just last week, my husband, who is black, went to the farmer’s market and was asked by the vendor if he was looking for collard greens, because you know, black people only eat collard greens. Racism is everywhere. You do not see it because you are never the victim of it.” Really? So now her husband is a victim of racism because they asked him if he wants collard greens? My gosh, I LOVE collard greens. Are we really sitting around waiting to be offended? Can you imagine growing up with people like this? But the Angry Yankees of my youth weren’t done yet. Cameron Goodyear finally pronounced judgment on me for the entire group. “I think that the that offend you (Howard Dean) and the things that don’t offend you (racist comments) really speak to your privilege,” she wrote. v And there it is. I am guilty of the original sin of white privilege. Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Crucifyhim! Thankfully, while these guilt trips used to work on me, no longer. Their white guilt is their problem, not mine. They can grove] in their self—hatred and parade their bleeding hearts all day in a futile effort at redemption. But when I left New England, I left that crap behind. Why am I a conservative? Because I know liberals. There is no grace there. No love there. Only hatred and judgment and petti- ness. I joined the St George’s Facebook page hoping to find old high school classmates. Instead all I found was high school. the Monroe County porter www.MyMCR.net is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President or Robert M. Williams Jr., Vice President Cheryl S. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer “OUR STAFF ‘ ‘ Trellis Grunt Business Manager . businssomymcmet Will Davis Publisher/Editor publnheromymcmet Richard Dumas News Editor iorsythérmymcmet Diane Glidewell ‘ Community Editor news@mymcr.net - Amy Heimn ' Creative Director graphics@mymcr.net Carolyn Martel Advertising Manager ads@mymcr.net Official Organ of Monro. County and the City of Forsyih 50 N. Jackson St. PO‘Box 795 v Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POST MASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER 478-994—2358 SUBSCRIPI’ION RATE: in County: $40 v OutofCounty: $48 - Single COPY: 51 l A‘ - DeadiriesnoanonFridaypriormissuetnmmtsfeamredonoplriion pagesarethecreaflonof wmnmmvmmmwmmmmmmm Publication No. USPS 997-340 EDITORIALS a 20l9 winner: 130’? f Oii‘m r 2019 winner: 2019 winner: be) PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingtield Kemp wise to pore spending follows. A memo from Kelly Farr, head of the Gover- nor’s Oflice of Planning and Budget, asserts Kemp “is committed to funda- mentally reforming state government to make it more responsive and accessible to our citizens, improve program out- en it comes comes, and reduce costs to to state gov- taxpayers.” Farr explains ernment, we Kemp is seeking “ways to have been streamline processes, better conditioned to think of leverage technology, reduce spending cuts as ominous. duplication of efforts, and The state must balance its innovate” budget, so Importantly, ' spending the memo notes cuts osten— revenues for sibly mean the budget year falling that ended June revenues — 30 “exceed(ed) and falling estimates” revenues and Georgia’s mean a economy “re- shrinking mains strong.” economy. 1 Given that June But what marked Geor- if spending gia’s 13th straight cuts were month with just that: %4 W a jobless rate a cut in below 4%, and spending, set a new record regardless of the amount for most jobs in the state, of revenue coming in or it’s hard to argue. the state of the economy? Working now to find Pretty novel concept, huh? efficiencies and invest in That appears to be Gov. technology takes a page Brian Kemp’s thinking from Aesop’s fable, “The with his directive to state .Ant and the Grasshopper”: agencies to prepare to cut Work hard while times are their spending by 4% in the good, rather than waiting budget year that began July until times turn hard. 1, and 6% in the one that But much of the reaction is reminiscent of “Chicken Little.” Kemp is cutting spending? The sky must be falling! No one can predict the future, but it doesn’t appear that’s the case. Trade wars and possible currency wars and recent gyrations in the stock market notwith- standing, the US economy continues to grow steadily if unspectacularly. The expansion begun after the Great Recession extends its own records for longevity with each positive quarter. That said, no law says additional revenues must be spent ~ or that spend— ing can’t be cut even as revenues grow. Put another way: Who’s to say the cur- rent level of spending is optimal, or that the only way to make it better is to spend more? Keeping lawmakers’ promise to con— tinue lowering the state’s top income—tax rate, for example, would keep more money in more-productive hands. Since bottoming out in 2010, state revenues have grown by almost 70% to some $27.5 billion. Spend— ing has grown by more than $1 billion per year on average for an entire decade. Much of that additional spending reflects growth in enrollment in k-12 schools, higher education and programs such as Medicaid — a trend likely to continue. Certainly, there was some shoring up of agencies bat— tered by so—called austerity cuts, and raises for teachers and state employees who went years without one. Of course, Kemp’s predecessor, Nathan Deal, also rebuilt the state’s reserves to some $2.5 billion along the way. ~ -v— publish, and conceal not." Jeremiah 50:2 Am -. .) 20m, 2018, 20", 20I6 winner: 'l W .xl r .u on ie it 2019, 20I8 winner: Best i-lezyli '7» All of which is to say: Georgia’s finances and op-, erations needn’t have been mismanaged to stand a chance of being improved. What’s more, some big— ticket items may well re— quire cuts elsewhere. Kemp has made it clear he intends to complete the annual $5,000 raise he promised teachers, $3,000 of which is in the current budget. That will cost a chunk of change. Another example: The federal government may well require Georgia to invest in the reinsur- ance program Kemp is contemplating creating as part of the Affordable Care Act “waiver” he is seeking. It should lead to. lower health-insurance premiums, helping more, Georgians afford cover- age, and it could save both state and federal taxpayers money before long. But for now, that money has to come from somewhere. Agree or disagree with those priorities, it’s clear that’s just what they are: the priorities of the man Geor— gians elected governor. And there’s no clearer or more effective way to pur- sue one’s policy priorities than through the budget. The president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wing- field’s column runs in papers around the state of Georgia. TAKING A llKENS TO YOU by Dale likens Heroes spoke out against Hitler parents gave that we might enjoy the freedoms we do today. All I can truly say I remember about World War II was a deep, dark mem- ory of my uncle Ray coming into my bedroom when I was a two-year-old child lying in my crib.I remember a blue nightlight casting a faint image of him standing above. my crib reach- ing down'to kiss me goodbye while my mOther, my grandmother and my aunt stood beside him crying. I knew he was going to someplace called Pearl Harbor. I knew his leaving was a terrible thing because of all the . crying. As the next few years passed I began to listen as my parents, my grandparents and those around me began to speak of the war and read some of the letters my uncle Ray was sending home from faraway coun— tries. That’s about all I knew of the actual pain of WorldWar II. ew of us today remember As I began to mature into child- much about World War II. hood I do recall the scrap metal Of course we recall the little drives. I recall the fOOd stamps and that our history books of our my mother and thousands of other younger school days told us about women going to work to take the a wicked man named Adolf Hitler places of those men and women who from a far-away place called Ger- had given the ultimate to keep our many. country free. Occasionally we As I became an adult I watch a few documen- began to wonder how the taries of World War II entire country of Ger- on television and we many could become so hear about the genera— enthralled and spellbound tion we now know as by a man named Adolf the Greatest Genera- Hitler. Once a Christian tion. We watch movies nation; now turning to of John Wayne and other gods. How could an other famous movie ‘ entire nation hate the Jews actors and actresses of as they did? How could the late 30’s and 40’s they allow such things as as they portray a few the concentration carnps of our true heroes of to exist? Did anyone in thOSe days and we do , Germany or other nearby get a small idea of the e [J countries see the hatred great sacrifices many of this man possessed? Then our parents and grand- one day I read about a man who did hate and despise all that as happening in Germany: a man who boldly began to speak against the power of Adolf Hitler. Perhaps there were many more, but this one man who courageously stood by his faith in God was Dietrich Bonhoeffer! Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a brave German pastorlborn in Wreclow, Po- land who saw the evil in Adolf Hitler and quickly became a Nazi dissident. You might imagine how strong he must have been to speak out against Adolf Hitler and a nation that seemed to give its entire support to all his atrocities! Dietrich BonhOeffer did not grow up in a particularly religious home as one might expect. He did, however, join a church when he was 14 and - became a priest at 25. A man named Adolf Hitler suddenly rose to power in Germany four years later. Seeing the hatred of Jews and the love of power this man possessed, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began speaking against Adolf Hitler. Other church leaders would not dare speak against Adolf Hitler and Dietrich became frus- trated. Forming a Confessing Church he spoke openly against Adolf Hitler and his anti-semitism. But now his own church became too frightened to speak against Adolf Hitler and his Nazi leadership. ' Seeking asylum in the United States, Dietrich Bonhoeffer realized his love for Germany and the wonderful people he loved so dearly in Germany so he returned to Nazi Germany to fight his cause. Although he was always considered a pacifist he now joined a group whose mission was to assassinate Adolf Hitler. In April of 1945, one month before Germany surrendered, Dietrich BOn- hoeffer was hanged. Among his many powerful quotes Dietrich Bonhoeffer is perhaps re- membered for his famous quote, “To not speak is to speak volumes!” But one quote} found very interest- ing was one he called a poem: “In Germany, they came for the commu» nists and I did not speak out because I was not a communist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unions and I did not speak out be— cause I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I did not speak out because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up for me!” , God bless! Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. Bdck in June, Monroe County taxpayers paid $2,765 for an investigative report Into county employee's allego- tion that commissioner Larry Evans harassed her for not hiring his "niece". But commissioners have refused to let the taxpayers, who paid for the report, kept it hidden from public view. Only District 3 com- missioner John Ambrose supports letting ' it. if you think you have the right to see your commissioner or call the office at 994-7000 (and let them know. Meanwhile, we will count the days they've kepnheir constituents in the dark until it‘s released. see it. They've' ' the public see the report, tell (-‘P—lI-‘AI qu<05merym.nm—-wn— K (r (s (c u u (s “r sio wil WC goi V, tro (1‘ fl] “1 a ‘1‘ ‘(I (‘1 ablj der. IICV C011 on t D. bell.